Unformatted text preview: What is an "upright character" ?
"Upright character' is something more than an absence of
bad character. It means that he [an applicant for
admission ] must have conducted himself as a man of
upright character ordinarily would, should, or does.
Such character expresses itself not in negatives nor in
following the line of least resistance, but quite often
in the will to do the unpleasant thing if it is right.
and the resolve not to do the pleasant thing if it is
wrong. - In re: James Joseph Hamm 123 P. 3d 652 
Past and Present moral character
. We also agree with Hamm that, under the Rule applicable to
Hamm's application, our concern must be with the
applicant's present moral character. In Greenberg. we
explained that "it is [the applicant's] moral character as
of now with which we are concerned." xxx Past misconduct,
however, is not irrelevant. Rather. this Court must
determine what past bad acts reveal about an applicant's
current character. - In re: James Joseph Hamm 123 P. 3d 652
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- Fall '16